Speaking Truth To Power
There comes a time when one cannot afford to stay silent, for the silence costs and endangers lives. Amidst systems of oppression, the imperative to speak up and empower becomes a human priority, yet it’s always when it’s most difficult. Human rights, women’s rights, rights to freedom of speech, rights during conflict – all are instances where moments of truth can upend the wrongfully empowered.
What is accepted as truth most often reflects those in power and those without. Agnès Callamard, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International and previous Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council, once stated, “it's one thing not to act, but it's another thing to be silent altogether. And we cannot afford for human rights-friendly Governments to be silent in the face of, or when confronted with, the manipulation and politicization of meetings, when witnessing the trampling on human rights protection.”
In a time of unjustified arrests of activists and whistleblowers; in a time where to none is willing to betray a political party despite full understanding of immorality; in a time where lies are enforced to preserve the status quo, we must work against what is fundamentally wrong and build a world that is not marked by deceit, but by truthfulness and justice.